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Welcome to the John R. Borchert Memorial Website.

The purpose of this site is to display the wonderful materials submitted to the family in memory of John, as well as provide access to much of John's unpublished work.  If you wish to contribute items for this site, or provide comments and suggestions, please email to

The Borchert family is pleased to announce the web-publication of:
 America's Northern Heartland
An Economic and Historical Geography of the Upper Midwest
by John R. Borchert

After 40 years of researching the economic and historical geography of the Upper Midwest, teaching about the region, and informing public policy, John distilled his knowledge of the region into the book, America's Northern Heartland.  In 2002, The University of Minnesota Press, returned the copyright for America's Northern Heartland to the Borchert family.  We are pleased to present a web-publication of this book as a gift from John to the community.

The September 2007 issue of The Annals of The Association of American Geographers included "In Memoriam: John Robert Borchert, 1918-2001", by his close friend and colleague, John Adams..  The Borchert family gratefully acknowledged the permission of the AAG to include this copyrighted material on our website.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 97(3), 2007, pp. 641648 r 2007 by Association of American Geographers
Published by Blackwell Publishing, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148, and 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX4 2DQ, U.K.